District prospecting permit - Queensland


You will require this permit if you intend to prospect land for all minerals other than coal (hand mining, prospecting or pegging) within a mining district. Some areas of the state are restricted. For further information contact the appropriate mining registrar.

Prospecting is the act of finding the existence, quality or quantity of minerals on, in or under land. This includes using a metal detector or similar handheld instrument or taking samples using only handheld instruments. It does not include hand mining. Pegging means marking out the boundaries of a mining claim or mining lease application.

Hand-mining means using hand-operated tools, such as picks, shovels, gads, sieves and windlasses to extract minerals by the holder of the prospecting permit.

Pegging means marking out the boundaries of a mining claim or mining lease application.

An environmental authority is not required, but you must comply with the small-scale mining code for environmental requirements.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you may be required to obtain landholders consent to prospect the land. You do not need landowner consent to enter land for pegging only.


This permit remains in effect for at least 1 month, up to a maximum of 12 months. The term is nominated and paid for at time of application.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $144.16

Fees for 2024-25

Application process


You can obtain this permit by completing and submitting the application form, with any attachments and the prescribed fee to the administering agency. A district prospecting permit cannot be lodged electronically, you must be lodged at a Mines lodgement office.


This permit cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Contact details

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